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the season to be jolly…

the season to be jolly…

robert arnoux 1997 vosne-romanée 1er les reignots

robert arnoux 1997 vosne-romanée 1er les reignots

1997 Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Reignots The nose starts broad and faintly of dark oak – slowly a pungent, dark, coconut cream begins to fill the glass, only very slowly are the granular, spicy notes one expects of Vosne to be found. In the glass this starts with a silky texture and a slightly […]

The Red Wines of Burgundy, Mark Savage (1988)

The Red Wines of Burgundy, Mark Savage (1988)

Published by Octopus Books Following on from Christopher Fielden’s White Burgundy, 1988 seems a good vintage for books. This is, of-course, the sister book to Jasper’s The White Wines of Burgundy also of that year. Yet again I seem to have picked up, quite unintentionally, a signed copy – at least this time I don’t […]

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alain michelot 2009 nuits 1er champs-perdrix

alain michelot 2009 nuits 1er champs-perdrix

Another from Alain Michelot and frankly, just as good as the first! 2009 Alain Michelot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Champs Perdrix The nose is quite different to what I remember of the Chaignots – different vines so a good thing – certainly higher toned though perhaps a little more diffuse because of that. This is […]

attack of the ancient pyrazines (and some old pierre bourée)

attack of the ancient pyrazines (and some old pierre bourée)

Having bought a collection of old Bourées at auction, I have the following batting average: 1966 Nuits St. Georges – excellent 1983 Charmes-Chambertin – disappointing 1972 Gevrey-Chambertin – too balsamic 1978 Monthelie – a remarkable curate’s egg: 1978 Pierre Bourée, Monthelie The cork comes out in one piece – no mean feet in these older […]

2007 guillot-broux macon-cruzille les genièvrières

2007 guillot-broux macon-cruzille les genièvrières

2007 Guillot-Broux, Macon-Cruzille Les Genièvrières The nose has slightly more than ample brioche notes, eventually the notes go deeper and sweeter improving complexity though not at the expense of impact. Large-scaled flavours, where, to start with, the acidity plays a subtle supporting role – still there is tons of creamy complexity in the mid-palate and […]

alain michelot 2009 nsg 1er les chaignots

alain michelot 2009 nsg 1er les chaignots

2009 Alain Michelot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Chaignots Rather deep colour. Ooh – now that’s nice – beautiful fruit here, maybe even a hint of gooseberry. Full in the mouth, with a not too generous helping of tannin plus very pretty fruit that seems a mirror of that on the nose. Simply a very tasty […]

do you want to own vines in the côte d’or?

do you want to own vines in the côte d’or?

Well do you? That’s a hard question to answer in the current market. I provide for you here a window to a relatively ‘cheap’ entry into the world of premier cru pinot noir (Chambolle-Musigny would cost you 5x the amount), but the financial transaction and subsequent model will make sense to relatively few of you […]

2009 marc roy gevrey clos prieur

2009 marc roy gevrey clos prieur

2009 Marc Roy, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Ooh – deep, ripe fruit, perhaps a hint of cola, actually more than a hint. In the mouth I find this has quite nice acidity, intensity comes in tandem – the flavour is long too for a villages. Clearly the fruit is very ripe and the tannin has a […]

alain burguet 2009 vosne 1er les rouges du dessus

alain burguet 2009 vosne 1er les rouges du dessus

It had to happen; a 2009, from a good producer, which I can’t recommend… 2009 Alain Burguet, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Rouges du Dessus Very high-toned aromas, indeed close to volatile. In the mouth there’s some good tannin that has just a twist of astringency, yet, again, I have the impression that the fruit is rather […]

bouchard père & fils 2008 beaune 1er du château

bouchard père & fils 2008 beaune 1er du château

2008 Bouchard Père, Beaune 1er Beaune du Château Gradually there are some higher, floral tones and eventually a few flashes of tobacco too, but mainly this has a deeper register of dark fruit buttressed by equally dark oak. Round, plenty of sweet depth, just a little cushioning, balanced by close to perfect acidity. There’s plenty […]

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